Media personality and businesswoman Dineo Ranaka has responded to allegations of “exploitation” levelled against her by makeup artist Felicia Zwane.
In a statement, Felicia alleged that Dineo had tried to backtrack on paying her what she was due for promoting the star’s makeup brand, LuvDR in December.
Zwane said she was contacted by Ranaka’s team to work at a LuvDR pop-up shop and that her rates were discussed via text. She claimed that after work was done, the team gave her the silent treatment when she enquired about payment.
Dineo, however, alleged that Zwane tried to “extort” from her an amount that was “way beyond” industry rates.
“We battled getting an invoice out of her because she made an attempt to extort from us what was way beyond industry rates for makeup sampling at our pop-up store. Only on the day of her public rant did we receive an email with an official confirmation of her invoice as well as a compensation fee for her transportation costs.”
Ranaka claimed they were also investigating theft that allegedly took place at the same time Zwane worked with them.
“On the days she worked, R3,000 worth of makeup stock went missing. As a business we have to investigate that. I communicated with her on DM and she tried to get cocky with me and I then left it to my team to resolve.”
Zwane labelled Ranaka’s allegations of missing stock as “questionable”.